Be Dog Smart!

Be Dog Smart is our new campaign helping families understand more about how to behave around dogs in order to keep themselves safe. Our resources contain lots of helpful tips and advice for parents to teach their children how to be safe around dogs whether at home or out and about in the community.

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Be Safe Around Dogs 

Dogs Trust are offering FREE dog safety workshops for parents and children to ensure we can all live together safely and happily at home and in the community.

If you would like to arrange a 'Be Dog Smart' workshop at your local school, library, community centre or other suitable location contact your local Education and Community Officer. To see if there are already workshops going on in your area please view the event calendar. Just select your region from the drop down list. 

We also offer comprehensive 'Be Dog Smart' resources which are available to download free or order from the form below. We have leaflets, promotional flyers, a classroom poster and our Be Dog Smart Guide. 

Our leaflet contains information on how to read your dog’s body language and what to do if a strange dog approaches your child. Our comprehensive guide gives advice to parents on what to do if you are expecting a new baby and how to prepare your dog to how to teach your teenager to behave around dogs to ensure that they stay safe.

You can order printed copies of our leaflets, guides, posters and flyers through this online order form.

Be Dog Smart!

10 easy tips to remind kids how to stay safe around dogs:

Beware of disturbing dogs that are eating or sleeping.

Even if for fun, don't ever tease a dog please.

Don't approach a dog with no owner around.

Only stroke a dog when the owner says 'Yes, you can.'

Get the dog to sniff your hand first, then stroke gently.

Strange dog approaching? Stand still, look away, cross your arms.

Move calmly and quietly around any dog.

All that hugging and kissing - you might like it, dogs don't!

Remember all dogs have teeth.

Treat dogs with respect and they will respect you!